Man Responsible for Landmark Clery Act Dies

Published: January 8, 2008

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. – The co-founder of Security On Campus Inc. (SOC), Howard K. Clery, Jr., passed away in his Florida home on Jan. 1. He was 77-years-old.

In 1987, Clery and his wife Constance co-founded SOC after their daughter, Jeanne, was murdered in her dormitory room at Lehigh University by a fellow student Apr. 5, 1986.The Clerys worked diligently for two decades to ensure the safety of students on college and university campuses. They made it possible for more than 30 state and federal laws to be passed, including the groundbreaking federal Jeanne Clery Act, named in the memory of their daughter. The Clery Act requires institutions to report information related to campus crimes and to protect the rights of victims.

President of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) Raymond H. Thrower voiced his sentiments, “Our nation has lost a strong and steadfast voice for campus public safety.”

Clery’s funeral was held on Jan. 8 at Villanova University Chapel in Villanova, Pa. The family requests that contributions be made to SOC, in lieu of sending flowers.

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Clery is survived by his wife of 51 years and his two sons Howard III and Benjamin.

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